fr_defenestrato: (bush)
1. I have a really tough time even wrapping my head around the idea that a member of my species could kill their child and nickname it "gloopity-glop."

2. It is more and more clear that federal taxes in the United States are principally if not entirely a wealth redistribution scheme that flows from poor to rich. What's worse, they've figured out how to get a significant minority of the folks with the most to lose (in terms of percent of their wealth) to agree heartily with said taxation in order to fund "whatever globally crucial wars we're touting at the moment." To squawk about the obscene amounts of funding the feds are pouring into Iraq and elsewhere—directly, that is, into the coffers of a precious few already obscenely wealthy men who provide the products and services and accoutrements of war—is to be unpatriotic and for the terrorists to have already won.

Watch: what we have been seeing for 6 months will continue indefinitely: some Congresspeoples will holler and froth publicly about curtailing the war, reports from various quarters will take various stances, but the end message will always be the same: what we're doing now is kinda sorta working but it'll take months or years to really figure it all out. Just give us more time. That's because we're not looking for progress. What we're doing has precious little to do with international politics or ideology or national security or Middle Eastern stability, and it CERTAINLY has nothing whatsoever do to with the threat of Islamic terrorism to the Amurrkin way of life. It has everything to do with ensuring that the people who run the military-industrial complex can keep their fireplaces burning all winter with fresh cash, or perhaps the donated gloopity-glop of their lowest-paid workers.

Like Louis XIV, a slew of third-world despots, and a few choice Roman emperors, by far the most successful war being waged by the Organized Crime Racket of the American Presidency (OCRAP) is the war on the peasantry.

3. Shoes.

fr_defenestrato: (nebuchadnezzar)
The mother needs a rest. Mother Earth needs a long rest with no people on her. —Spalding Gray, who later opted to do his part thereto

What with the way Hillary Clinton née Iron Rodham and Barracks Osama [sic] have been trying to out-Republican the Republicans lately with the frequent public flaunting of their rabid bellicosity—yea, even unto nuclear annihilation of "our enemies"—even as the public finds increasing fault with our national warmongering, I have to wonder (apart from wondering why nobody else seems to be wondering) what's going on in the federal gubmt game.

Ok, so that's being coy. It took me maybe 30 seconds of wondering to come to a conclusion, the only Occam's razor-satisfying conclusion I can find: These miserable motherfuckers don't even give a shit anymore who actually gets voted into the presidency. Or rather, they may give a champagne grape-sized turd about it, but they are coming to realize that it is far less important to appeal to U.S. voters than to the scumbag criminals in charge of the world's most powerful corporations—the war-making and war-sustaining corporations; the oil- and other energy-mongering corporations; and when we get around to the appropriate political rhetoric re health care, also the pharmaceutical, hospital-owning, and medical insurance corporations—who can and will pump sufficient money their way to ensure their bid for the presidency is viable. They are not Democrats any longer; nor are they Republicans. There is NO SUCH DISTINCTION. They are the tools and the benefactors of the corporations who use them to ensure continued and increased profitability, to the sheer, exclusionless exclusion of any other factor, like ethics or human rights or human lives or human quality of life.

In short, they're tired of the other party having all the fun. And since there's really no way they're going to reverse the trend of corporate ownership of our representative gubmt, even if they were inclined to so try in the first place, they might as well play the game just as well as the GOPs. Yes, of course we'll invade more countries that pose no immediate threat to us. Yes of course we'll consider tactical nuclear weapons (which, BTW, we can actually pronounce!). Of course of course of course.

Some of my dearest friends act like the Democrats will win and then things will be all better. I think that's the biggest load of horseshit I've ever heard. Nothing will make this better. We are the Roman empire (in particular, Mel Brooks's Senate hollering "FUCK THE POOR!"); we are Louis Quatorze. We may or may not have revolution in our lifetimes, but there's really no way one would succeed anyway. As mindless, slavishly devoted as countless Middle Easterners are to Allah, we are every bit as devoted to the defense of capital. We the corporations have 99.9 percent of the world's firepower. We the people (quaint little phrase, innit?) are wholly owned subsidiaries. We are sacks of chemicals of no value or consequence to the owners of this planet except for their chance to annex the little we own to their fortunes.

We are doomed.
fr_defenestrato: (armaments)
All kidding and all politics aside, the most compelling argument for the removal of U.S. military troops from Iraq—indeed, for the permanent disbanding of the U.S. military as a whole—and frankly they can all stay in fucking Iraq for all I care—is the staggering, in-your-face, nine-inch-nails-on-a-chalkboard stupidity that prevails there. Sure the front lines end up populated mostly by kids most unfit for any sort of formal education (typically performing badly in class from grade school up); but what is less commonly known is that at every level of military command and administration the important once are chosen not for their smarts but for the facility with which they can make shit up on the fly to pretend they're smart. That's why the knee-deep bullshit jargon. That's why "to include:" is used even in past tense. That's why every document in the "List of Applicable Documents" in the Request for Information I'm reading right now has the annotation "(current version or later)" next to it.

Support our troops! They need our support! They're too stupid to get out of the way of a suicide bomber!

(The author of this blog would like to point out to anyone who should happen across this entry who has a relative or friend fighting in Iraq, that he really doesn't wish them ill. After all, they are only following the Fourth Reich's orders and fighting for my right to marry, have joint power of attorney with my partner, visit him in hospital, successfully bequeath my property to him, etc.; to not get beaten up, fired, kicked out of my housing, or kept from joining whatever association for being queer; also for my right to be religion-free; for my overall right to privacy without illegal molestation from the feral gubmt; and to ensure all the country's kids are taught according to indisputable scientific facts and principles.)

(Oh. Wait.)


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